There are less than 2 months to go until the Market Abuse Regulation(MAR) goes into effect, on the 3rd July 2016. MAR contains several anti abuse provisions against the use of inside information and manipulation of on-venue financial instruments, as well as OTC derivatives and spot commodities that may influence their prices. It also has a requirement for many to run effective monitoring of trading activity, amongst other things. Such monitoring can take place via process, technology and training, or an appropriate combination.
This post on the Broadpeak Partners website provides a few thoughts on how on approach the requirements. It talks about the importance of solid policies and procedures and considers a few basic approaches to surveillance.
The sending of data to regulators under REMIT, and start of MAR, increase the importance of effective monitoring for energy and commodity market participants. The next weeks and months are likely to see an increased focus on this area.